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I’m always up for coffee

You may not have this in time for Christmas unless you do in-store pickup, but really, there is no wrong time for coffee (now, Christmas, later, a random Tuesday, whenever), so you do what works for you.

Today Target is offering 30% off coffee and coffeemakers, automatically. If you want to buy coffee rather than a machine on this deal, it gets even better: mix and match your choice of three qualifying coffee products (looks like that’s mostly Starbucks K-cups) and you get another $6 off!

Shipping is free, too. And did I mention it’s coffee, the elixir of life…?

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Stock up at Jet, too

If you’ve never shopped Jet.com before, think of it as a warehouse club where you save more when you spend more. In addition to whatever deals they already have, the more you spend, the cheaper everything is. You have to pay attention to what you’re buying, of course—some prices are great, and others, less so—but there’s definitely deals to be had, especially on groceries, if you’re willing to look around a bit.

(This is usually where I stock up on dorm food like Pop-Tarts and Easy Mac cups, by the way.)

Anyway, if you have shopped with them before, you know they’re notorious for having coupons only for new users. But today only, everyone can use coupon code GMA30 for 30% off almost everything (some exclusions apply, and it’ll say on the product page if an item is ineligible), for up to an extra $30 off.

If you don’t need groceries, well, they have lots of other stuff, too. I’m off to look around….

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Insert your own orange joke here

I buy organic. I make most meals from scratch and I do a ton of baking. I always put fresh fruits and vegetables in the lunches I’ve packed for my family over these many years.

So what do my darling children both go absolutely nuts for, food-wise? Cheez-Its. Because of course. I mean, what’s not to like about an orange cracker that tastes like shelf-stable cheese-food-product, amirite?

When I succumb, I try to keep the price right. It doesn’t get much righter than this Amazon offering for 36 packages of Cheez-Its: They’re marked down to $9.59—so your starting point is $.27/pack, which is perfectly reasonable—then you can save up to another 15% by buying via Subscribe & Save, and there’s also a 20% off coupon to clip. My total out the door is $6.23, or just over $.17/pack, which is a very low price to pay to be a lunchbox and/or dorm care package hero.

(I still think they’re gross, but whatever.)

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Start Graze-ing

There are all sorts of subscription snack services out there, and I’m always a little leery of signing up, because what if it turns out that I’ve just overpaid for stuff I didn’t even like?

But I just signed up for a free box from Graze, because right now you can pay just $1 for shipping and get a 4-snack sampler box. A quarter a snack? I’m in, and it’ll help me decide if I want to keep going after that. Plus, hello, their assortment of goodies sounds crazy good—everything from a virtuous “super kale and edamame” mix to the decadent “mocha walnut cake” snack mix that includes chocolate-covered coffee beans (my personal kryptonite).

If you love it, keep going. If not, well, go ahead and cancel, and you’re only out a dollar.

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Because my freshman lives on this stuff

I grew up eating all manner of processed and fast foods, so of course as an adult I’m an insufferable “grow it yourself/make it from scratch/fresh ingredients are the best” type. And in the great circle of life, this also of course means that my oldest left for college and promptly began subsisting on Pop-Tarts and Easy Mac. Of course.

Did I try to fight it? Maybe a little. But then I gave up. And now I just comfort myself by 1) reassuring myself that no one ever died from craptastic college eating habits, and 2) buying those items on sale.

Right now Amazon has their 10-pack of Easy Mac cups priced at $7.49, plus there’s a clippable 15% off coupon, plus you save another 15% if you buy via Subscribe & Save and have 5+ items for the month. That means you can get 10 cups for $5.25, which is a no-brainer “buy” price for me.

Optional: Handing the cups over to your college student while sighing heavily and saying, “Tell me again why I’m paying for a meal plan for you?”

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Back to school with instant oatmeal

Listen: I like to make my own oatmeal. Like, in a pot on the stove. And furthermore: I prefer steel-cut oats, and I barely sweeten them. My teenagers, however, like sugar. Lots and lots of sugar. So I share this deal for my fellow “I have given up, eat what you want” parents, with the full acknowledgement that instant oatmeal is only sort of actual food.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, check this out: Amazon has a deal on Quaker Instant Oatmeal right now where buying 2 cases gets you an automatic $5 off back-to-school credit. To maximize the savings, you need to go pick your flavor (I bought Dino Egg Brown Sugar because nothing says “you’re in college now and if you eat anything at all that isn’t candy I’m happy” like dinosaurs in your oatmeal, right?), choose “One-time Purchase,” and change the quantity to 2. Then change to “Subscribe & Save” before adding it to your cart. (I’m not sure why you need to do this, but I think it’s because the BTS credit isn’t supposed to work on S&S.)

Now when you check out, you should have your 2 cases of oatmeal, a Subscribe & Save discount, and a $5 credit labeled “BTS savings.” For me, that meant I had 2 cases of 32 packets of oatmeal—each listed at $9.96—minus the $5, minus the $2.99 S&S discount (I am already up to 15% off this month), so a grand total of $11.93 for 64 servings of oatmeal. That’s just under $.19/serving, which will go a long way towards soothing my guilt over buying this not-exactly healthful stuff in the first place. (Do note that it doesn’t contain HFCS, at least. And the fiber and protein counts are pretty good. It’s just, y’know, full of sugar.)

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More IZZE, this time for the pomegranate fans

So we just had that great deal on clementine flavor IZZE, and today the 24-pack of pomegranate IZZE is on Lightning Deal for $14.34. Once again—and it seems this doesn’t work for everyone, so maybe just for those with Prime (make sure you’re logged in, too)?—there’s a clippable 20% off coupon in the middle of the page, too, which takes the total down to just $10.51 shipped.

I was about to buy these when I remembered that my son doesn’t like this flavor. You know who likes this flavor? Me. And I should probably just be drinking more water. But hey, if you like pomegranate, grab this one.

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A perfect soda alternative

I’ve frequently sung the praises of IZZE drinks here, I think—sparkling juice beverages with no additives or extra sugar are a nice treat to keep around when you’re a meanie like me who doesn’t buy soda for the kids. What I don’t love is the price, though, most of the time. I mean, it’s worth it, it’s just that I’m a cheapskate.

Well, here’s where I just love the Lightning Deals: right now Amazon has this 24-pack of Clementine IZZE (our favorite flavor!) on Lightning Deal for $12.41. That’s pretty good, already, but there’s also a 20% off coupon you can clip on the product page, and that 20% comes off the regular price, not the Deal price. End result? 24 delicious cans of sparkling juice for $9.09, which is cheap enough for me to earn some Cool Mom points.

Go grab it before the deal ends or they realize they left the coupon on there. I think they usually don’t mean to combine them, but hey, I’m not complaining.

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It’s time for snacks

Hello! Sorry for the absence this week. The craziest thing happened—about 18 years ago I gave birth to a tiny human who only recently turned into a full-fledged independent person, and just when that happened, she had the nerve to move away for college. I mean. Anyway, I spent most of this week alternately yelling at her to go pack things and grabbing her face and calling her my precious widdle baby. (This was just me making sure she was ready to leave, you understand.) Yesterday we made the trek and dropped her off, so we now return you to our regularly scheduled programming.

Anyway, because I’m an adult, and I deal with my feelings in adult ways, now that I’m home minus one kid I am going to Eat All The Things, so I was delighted to see this deal pop up on Amazon on Kind bars, because 1) I love those, 2) I feel kind of virtuous because they’re less crappy than generic granola bars, and 3) the price is great. The popped salted caramel ones are down to $7.78 for 15, plus cheaper on Subscribe & Save, plus there’s a clippable 20% off coupon.

Did I order them as fast as I could click Buy? Indeed I did. Because I am going to need a lot of snacks to get through the next… ummm… five years or so. Don’t judge.

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Packing lunch boxes again

I’m already seeing a few back-to-school first day pictures cropping up on social media. My kids go back next week. A blissful summer of never once asking “What do you want in your lunch today?” is rapidly drawing to a close.

Maybe it’s just me, but packing lunches annoys me like nothing else. Or maybe I should say maybe it’s just my kids (who—let’s be honest—are pretty much adults at this point), who have very specific ideas about what should be in those lunches, yet they don’t want to pack them themselves, or anything, don’t be silly.

Anyway. We do a lot of healthy food around here, but periodically I succumb to the one snack food that seems to make everyone happy. It’s cheesy, it’s salty, it’s unnaturally colored… that’s right, I’m talking about Cheez-its. Why does my family love them so? I try not to think about it too hard. I do, however, buy them for lunch bag inclusion when the price is right. And looky here—right now at Amazon, there’s a 25% off coupon on various snack options, including Cheez-its and Pringles and some other stuff, so I’ll be able to kick off packed-lunch season with something they won’t complain about, at a decent price. Win/win.

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